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Turner: travels, light and landscape

14 February - 1 June 2014

Free entry  

Seascape painting

Detail of 'Margate' 

JMW Turner is regarded as one of the greatest British artists of all time. He helped transform British art and raise landscape painting from ‘superior wallpaper’ to the defining genre of the period. 

Featuring some 30 watercolours, paintings and prints, this exhibition drew from National Museums Liverpool’s own Turner collection, one of the most outstanding in the country.

Paintings such as 'Margate Harbour' and 'Linlithgow Palace', were shown alongside prints and watercolours  rarely displayed due to their light-sensitivity. These included the watercolours 'Dudley', 'Off Dover', 'Wells Cathedral' and 'View of the Mole'.

The exhibition explored Turner’s endeavours to challenge the widely-held assumption that landscape was inferior to historical painting. It was in doing this that he produced some of the most thrilling, evocative paintings ever known.

Landscape works online

Visit the Walker Art Gallery website to explore Turner's landscapes in our new online gallery, which is part of the 'Watermark' project. This project aims to make all of the Walker and Lady Lever works on paper collections available online.

Image gallery

'The Doge's Palace, Venice', painted in 1840. Watercolour on paper. 'Falmouth', painted about 1812-14. Watercolour on paper. 'Light Towers of La Hève', painted around 1844. Watercolour on paper. 'The Old Harbour, Naples', painted around 1818. Watercolour on paper. 'Richmond Hill', painted around 1825. Watercolour on paper. 'Wells Cathedral', painted around 1795. Watercolour on paper.


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